Balbirs

4.7
1201 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
From opening his first restaurant in 1973, Balbir is recognized as a pioneer of Indian food in Scotland. He has always been know for his low-key but exceptionally high level of food and service. Serving Indian Royalty such as Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain, to be the favourite restaurant (in Scotland) of jazz greats such as Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, its fare to say that Balbir’s is a timeless restaurant with a wealth of history. Over the past few years, we have invited some very talented and creative chefs over from India, Nepal and Pakistan to join and work alongside our established team. Our dishes are prepared using the finest ingredients available to us. On this menu, you will find both dishes prepared using traditional recipes from various regions of India and some contemporary dishes that have been re-invented taking advantage of good local produce and modern cooking styles.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1201 People Are Saying
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Paul
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balbir’s never disappoints. Food excellent. A great curry experience.

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FindlayM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely terrific. The staff are so friendly and attentive and seem so enthusiastic about the food they are serving you. One of the gems of the West End.

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Yoshi1892
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Very disappointed one of the party was unable to order a saag dish which he informed me he has ordered successfully since first frequenting Balbirs since the early 1980s.I understand spinach is in short supply. Apparently tinned spinach was used previously on occasion. I’m sure most people were happy with this. The initial service was brusque although the younger members of the team were very friendly. Service was also slow with more than an hour’s wait before being served our main courses.
Perhaps staff shortages come into the equation. I could in fact understand this in view of the pandemic/ Brexit.
My friend is very loathe to return but I’m sure I can persuade him to give it another try.

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ColetteG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely celebration for my mum’s 93rd birthday. Hadn’t been to Balbir’s for some time. Staff and food amazing!

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Allybally
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times before with friends and family,
We have never been disappointed, staff are very friendly,
We have booked a table for ourselves and family for after Christmas we are
Looking forward to it.

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Robert
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding great food great service 🤩👌🏻

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MichaelP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the banquet menu, food was fantastic as always, got shown to our table by a robot, doesn't happen every day! 😂 great service, great food and great beer!

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PaulL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best Curry I have had in ages very good. Will be back for sure.

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and staff are very helpful. Unfortunately no fish pakora or paneer which proved difficult for one of our parties. However there plenty of other options available. Great ambiance as it started getting busy when we left. Would recommend

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NeilP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish a visit to Balbirs is a wonderful experience. Delivious food to cater for all tastes, service just right with a very pleasant ambience. If you haven't been yet you must give Balbirs a try....I reckon its the best in Scotland and it won't break the bank. Great to be able to order half dishes so that you can try more tastes.....my wife and I share a rice and 5 half dishes and that together with a couple of roti and a bottle of house red came to£60.....well worth it.....highly recommend 👍

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AngelaR
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The decor is beautiful and tables well spaced but food disappoints
The rice was cold I sent it back and it was replaced with another lukewarm one and the peshwari nan looked like a super market one with a few almonds on top again cold the main was ok
Drinks expensive too
I would not go back

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fish pakora was a little dry and over cooked. The rest of the meal was excellent. Will definitely return.

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RobertM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. We appreciated that it was pointed out by staff that we had mistakenly been overcharged by £75.

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alang
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food of a very high standard.freshly cooked with lovely ingredients.staff very friendly and attentive.would be happy to go back anytime.

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Cat1
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience!, we were a party of 4 Adults. The staff welcomed us on arrival. Shown to our table and introduced to our server. Very professional service, not a rushed service. The food was excellent, it’s a great idea to be able to order half portions of mains and at half the price of full main . The small lounge to finish your drinks is a nice touch too. Overall a lovely night and would highly recommend

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LindsK
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing food, utterly delicious. We ordered the banquet and the food was varied and got better and better. Loved every single dish and the selection provided. The downside was that staff were not encouraging costumers to wear masks when walking around the restaurant and there were quite a few people not wearing masks. There were also some errors with service - starter plates being removed before finishing the banquet starters and had to ask twice for milk for my tea. The food by far out weighted the service though and would definitely return again.

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TonyC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Chicken was chewy and curries were bland. Not up to their usual standard

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DavidC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, very well presented in a pleasant atmosphere.

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alig
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wide choice of food at reasonable prices.Service was first class and there was a good atmosphere in the restaurant

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JeaneF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of quality delicious dishes and the option of half size on mains let’s you choose more to try. And given the quality and range of flavours this is excellent value too. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend from out of town visiting Glasgow for the first time. Impressive restaurant with excellent staff.
Food was very tasty and of a high quality. We had the banquet rather than off the a la carte. I think that was an excellent choice as we got to try quite a few dishes.

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VicM
Argyll
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food, three of us in the group and empty plates all round. An extensive menu and I especially liked the half portion options. Outstanding service, really attentive and pleasant waiting staff.

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Shez
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as usual. Slightly slower service that suited us fine.Excellent staff.

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Lizo
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Balbir's is a great restaurant. Fantastic food, great staff. Can get a bit noisy, but worth it.

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DomB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian restaurant in Glasgow, have been coming to Balbirs for 10 years and it is just as good every time. Amazing food and service!

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Lucy
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite Indian restaurant- food is always so fresh and tasty, service is amazing. Lovely welcome from Neki and the team. Thank you!

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ANG26
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always our favourite place and will be back!

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Ianofinverness
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Been a favourite of mine when visiting Glasgow for many years. This visit certainly didn’t disappoint! Excellent food and service as usual.

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Captron
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, attentive staff and outstanding food. Will go back at the first possible opportunity.

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Lisa
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my favourite Indian restaurant in the West End. Food is always very good and it’s great value for money. I love the street food options as it’s something a bit different.

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CathM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food and service was excellent. A bit expensive but quality of food was superb. Restaurant was a bit noisy.

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CarolineH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was a little concerned that the female staff brought drinks to the table but a second male member of staff served them. It seemed incredibly sexist to me

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CarolynS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. We had the banquet and the head waiter devised a meal of gluten and dairy free dishes which were delicious. All staff very friendly and helpful.

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AlisonR
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always. Staff friendly and helpful.

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sandrat
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

havent been for years but lovely decor food was lovely and service great, if im honest its a bit pricey but hey isnt everywhere just now really enjoyed it

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BobbyM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great night and me and Betty really enjoyed food, service, if you enjoy Indian food you really can’t afford not to experience Balbirs, have been coming since it opened and have never been disappointed, so thanks to management and staff well done

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GazMac
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of the few Indian dining experiences in the uk that never fails to offer a fantastic service and outstanding food.

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SCon
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty food in a lovely setting. Lovely for treating friends and family. Service very good.
Only disappointment was there was no fish available (last Sunday evening) for the tandoori salmon starter and the Goan fish curry we had decided to choose. This is one of the reasons we go to this restaurant for the fish dishes :(
It would have been useful to know this when seated and given the menu as we spent some time deciding on our choices!

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AndrewNouillan
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good staff, always enjoyed coming here.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Balbirs using the Order Online button. Balbirs also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Balbirs also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0141 339 7711.

Balbirs is rated 4.7 stars by 1201 OpenTable diners.

Balbirs does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://vouchers.giftvouchersolutions.com/vouchersales/choose.aspx?c=BALBR%22.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.